Chiropractic for Frozen Shoulder

People suffering from frozen shoulder can find relief in chiropractic care. Chiropractors remove subluxations in the spine which helps restore range of motion and proper joint function.

What is frozen shoulder and what causes it?

Dr. Ben Rauch: Frozen shoulder is a very common condition in adults in the US. Generally, it’s characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. It’s unclear exactly what causes frozen shoulder, but it’s often associated with inflammation and swelling in the joint capsule, which leads to that loss of motion and generally speaking, pain.

Can a chiropractor diagnose frozen shoulder?

Dr. Ben Rauch:  Yes. Frozen shoulder can be diagnosed by a chiropractor with a comprehensive history exam, and occasionally x-rays or MRIs are needed just to rule out other diagnoses.

How does chiropractic care help someone with frozen shoulder?

Dr. Ben Rauch: All the muscles involving the motion of the shoulder are controlled by nerves coming from the lower neck and upper back. If the root cause of the immobility in the shoulder is a subluxation in the spine, then by removing that subluxation, the chiropractic care can help restore normal function of that shoulder.

Can chiropractic treatments restore full range of motion in the shoulder?

Dr. Ben Rauch: Every case is different. As a chiropractor, we focus on correcting the root cause of the dysfunction in the body. If that dysfunction is restored to normal, the full range of motion can return if there are no other underlying issues.

Do you recommend exercises after treating someone for frozen shoulder?

Dr. Ben Rauch: Often a patient with frozen shoulder will benefit from stretching and strengthening some of the muscles surrounding the shoulder in addition to correcting those subluxations in the spine. These kinds of exercises can often be done at home in between appointments and the office.

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